Eddie Collins became an ERA activist through his membership in the Norman Women’s Political Caucus while a student at the University of Oklahoma. He worked closely with NWPC leaders Shirley Hilbert Price and Junetta Davis, his “political godmothers” in a variety of organizing capacities. And he worked with Wanda Jo Peltier [Stapleton] canvassing and dropping literature in various legislative districts. He, along with Debbie Blasiar, Shirley Hilbert Price, and others, chained the Pioneer Woman statue in Ponca City following the legislature’s failure to ratify the amendment. Collins strived for balance as he worked 20 hours per week, attended school full time and campaigned for the ERA.
Posted on Wed, June 13, 2012